Jonathan Pearlman

Alien Music Club is essentially an on-going studio project conceived and produced by Jonathan Pearlman (JP) of Asheville, NC.


Jonathan Pearlman is a veteran of the Asheville, NC Music Scene, having performed hundreds of shows in and around the area over a period of decades.


Currently, Pearlman is Musical Director for The Asheville Sessions at Isis Music Hall and sponsors various shows under his band name Jonathan Pearlman’s Alien Music Club. Pearlman has a formidable backlog of original material on various CD’s under this band name, covering a wide and diverse landscape of musical genres, including jazz, blues, rock and more.


Pearlman is currently showcasing a critically acclaimed tribute show entitled “Leonard Cohen: The Deep Cuts”.  Past tribute shows include “Paul Simon Meets The Beatles” and “The British Are Coming”.


Pearlman is also known as host of the time-honored and venerated AMC Jazz Jam at Barley’s Taproom in Asheville. This staple of the Asheville Music Scene was very popular for nearly a decade. 


The list of Pearlman’s musical collaborators is extensive.  He is a charter member of Blues Chanteuse Peggy Ratusz’s Daddy Longlegs band.  He performs with Zack Page, Connor Law, Ryan Kijanka, Chuck Lichtenberger (formerly of Stephanie’s ID/The Archrivals), Taylor Pierson, Micah Thomas, Jason DeCristofaro, Ben Bjorlie, Jacob Rodriguez, Justin Ray, Justin Watt, Russ Wilson, Reggie Headen, Jay Hoots, Eric Congdon; the list goes continues to grow.


Pearlman prides himself on being a professional Musician, Musical Director, Band Leader, Composer/Arranger, and performer in an area so rich and diverse in musical talent.  He also cares and gives back to the community, raising funds for non-profits such as BeLoved Asheville, and generously supporting musicians and venues in the area.


Pearlman’s influences are far-reaching, absorbing Lennon/McCartney, Hendrix, Clapton, and Motown, during the 60’s. Jazz-fusion bands of the early 70’s were also influential, like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Frank Zappa. These became JP’s earliest jazz-rock influences. Other influences include Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Donald Fagen, Ian Hunter, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Beck, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Paul Simon, and many more.



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